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Closing the internet gap

Education | The pandemic-year shift to online learning challenges low-income and rural families without reliable internet. But school districts and governments are searching for solutions
by Esther Eaton
Posted 11/05/20, 02:30 pm

Eleven-year-old Hannah Davis’ futile attempt to complete a math test began at 10:15 on a rainy weekday morning in late September. That’s when she logged in to an online class from her home in Amherst County, Va., and heard her schoolteacher announce the assignment.

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Caitlin Hanney

Going the distance for special education

Coronavirus | The coronavirus pandemic has intensified the challenges of educating students with special needs
by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/01/20, 06:08 pm

In January, when Loren first told her students about an unknown virus that was infecting thousands of people in China, her students stared at her. That sounded bizarre and otherworldly to them—an invisible body that attacks and kills people in Asia? What did that have to do with them? They had a hard time comprehending it, and not just because all of Loren’s students have moderate to severe autism. Most Americans, including Loren herself, didn’t yet take COVID-19 very seriously at the time.

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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

By the numbers

by The Editors
Posted 2/27/20, 04:29 pm


The reading score for 17-year-old Americans on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2015. This was virtually unchanged from the score of 286 in 1975. Scores on both reading and math have been essentially flat since the early 1970s, despite the more than doubling of spending per student and a sharp increase in the number of teachers per student. A Department of Education report concluded: “Average reading and mathematics achievement for 17-year-olds did not change significantly between the early 1970s and 2012 or between 2008 and 2012.”

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